The Vietnamese Intellectual Networks Database provides detailed data regarding key Vietnamese intellectuals, their geographic movement, and their intellectual networks. Based on primary and secondary sources, the database seeks to highlight the historical nuances of each trip by charting modes of transit, activities in situ, and engagements between intellectuals. In this way, this database thus would form a nucleus for ongoing spatial research into Vietnamese intellectual networks. The project begins by aggregating data on Phan Bội Châu’s (1867-1940) movements and will explore adding other prominent scholars and activists such as Phan Chu Trinh (1872-1926), Lương Văn Can (1854-1927), Ngô Đức Kế (1878-1929) and Huỳnh Thúc Kháng (1876-1947). This data could then be cross-referenced and plotted against any number of different spatial metrics, statistical data, or known transportation and communication networks. This data will also be used to produce rich network and geographic visualizations and will contribute new perspectives to Vietnamese history and East Asian regional history.

This project is a collaboration between Ph.D. candidate in history Matthew Berry and Ph.D. student in history Cindy A. Nguyen. Professor Alexander Cook of the History department serves as a faculty adviser for the project.  For more information, contact Matthew Berry ( or Cindy A. Nguyen (  

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